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Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2021 with hot new books from more than 30 thriller, mystery, and suspense writers. Take a SPIN with bestselling author Patricia Cornwell in this Between the Lines feature by Dawn Ius, go on the hunt for missing persons with Lisa Gardner, or dive into a new Rachel Marin thriller with Jason Pinter’s A STRANGER AT THE DOOR. Plus, April Snellings talks to Chris Hauty about writing a political book without being political, E.M. Powell and Faye Kellerman chat about keeping characters fresh in a long-standing series, Neil Nyren gets the scoop on a scorching new thriller from Ashley Audrain, and we get Up Close with genre superstars like James Grippando, Ace Atkins, Preston and Child, and many more! Go ahead and kick 2020 to the curb—the explosive January 2021 issue of The Big Thrill is live now!

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Click on the book title below to read the feature story or click here to scroll through all of this month’s articles.




Coming Next Month
The latest thrillers from Walter Mosley, Jon Land, C.J. Tudor, Luanne Rice, Joe Ide, Michael Koryta, Joshua Hood, Gregg Hurwitz, Elle Cosimano, Paul Vidich, Charles Todd, Jonathan Kellerman, Alison Wisdom, Eric Red, Wendy Dranfield, Peter Hogenkamp, B. J. Graf, Steven Walker, Olivia Blacke, Joel Burcat, Frances McNamara, Jenna Kernan, K.D. Richards, and many more!

Virtual Winter Thrills Starts In 10 Days!

An exciting new opportunity from International Thriller Writers: Virtual Winter Thrills 2021! Take advantage of this chance to participate in Master Class, Practice PitchFest, and the brand new Thriller MBA!

There’s no travel, no hotel stay—but you can still hone your craft in small classes taught by ITW bestselling authors, you can learn to pitch your novel with confidence and get insider details on the business of writing from agents, editors, and marketing professionals, including a critique of your query letter.

Virtual Winter Thrills
January 11 – March 18, 2021

A Special Event for Thriller Enthusiasts.
(Online Only)!


Mega Virtual CraftFest

Missed this event? Mega Virtual CraftFest, including CareerFest, is available to you as a standalone purchase. This is the same event, same content, that was offered with great success during Virtual ThrillerFest XV (2020). If you purchased it earlier, you don’t need to register again now.

Mega Virtual CraftFest was part of Virtual ThrillerFest XV – 2020 during the July 6-14th online conference. We paired some of the best thriller writers in the world to discuss the craft of writing in a fabulous set of videos (Vimeo) available at registrants’ convenience. There were over 100 conversations featuring over 200 bestselling authors. See the amazing list of authors here. Mega Virtual CraftFest was very well received by registrants. They were able to enjoy fabulous videos from the safety and comfort of their homes, and you can too!

The unbeatable price for all of this valuable information: $149!

Register Today!


The Big Thrill Book Giveaway

Congratulations to Dan L. and Linda G., winners of our last The Big Thrill Book Giveaway!

They will each receive 10 signed thrillers from ITW members.

Next month we’ll draw two new winners, and one of them could be you!

Current and new subscribers welcome.


Face Off by Brenda Novak
The Weight of Blood by D.B. Carew
The Wrong Wicca by Ann Simas
The Vatican Conspiracy by Peter Hogenkamp
Murder LLC by Bryan Cassiday

Let Justice Descend by Lisa Black
Payback by Ronald S. Barak
The American Strangler by Robert M. Fleisher
Fractured Tide by Leslie Karen Lutz
Prey by L.A. Larkin

The Secrets You Keep by Kate White
American Ripper by Patrick Kendrick
Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky
Creature Feature by Steven Paul Leiva
Mad Dog by Dave Wickenden

Death by Diploma by Kelley Kaye
They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall
Top Producer by Laura Wolfe
Edinburgh Midnight by Carole Lawrence
Sirens of Memory by Puja Guha